Australian mobile device vendor, Aspera, has launched its new range of rugged mobile devices, which includes two Android-based smartphones, two traditional feature phones, a 3G Android-based tablet, and a battery power pack.
All six models are rated IP67 for protection against the effects of non-corrosive liquids and dust. This means they can be submerged in up to one metre of water for up to 30 minutes, and are completely dust-resistant. The products have a rubberised outer body for shock absorption with what Aspera calls a "yellow/black" theme. The body joints are reinforced with 12 screws and are drop-tested to two metres. Seals cover the back, USB charge slot, and 3.5mm headphone jack. As such, they are targeted at the construction, transport, trades, and outdoor and active industries.
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"This may be a first for the Australian market for one provider to offer such a comprehensive range of ruggedised devices," Aspera chief executive officer (CEO), Allan Robertson, said. "We saw a real need in the market to provide smart mobile and tablet devices that would be durable enough to withstand harsh Australian conditions and tough workplace environments, yet be inexpensive enough for large organisations to equip a workforce with."
The vendor's flagship smartphone, the Aspera R5 -- which retails at $399 -- contains a quad-core, 1.2GHz processor, accompanied by 1GB of RAM. 4GB of internal memory is included, and the microSD card slot allows up to 32GB of additional storage. The device ships with Android 4.2.
The R5 has a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 854x480 pixels. Aspera said the screen is recessed 2mm from the device's rubberised protective body.
Other features include: an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, both of which have a scratch-resistant lens; 3G; Bluetooth 4.0; 2800mAh battery that Aspera claims will survive two days average usage, with 9.5 hours talk time, or 600 hours standby.
All four mobile phones in Aspera's range utilise a dual-SIM setup, giving users the ability to connect to two mobile networks simultaneously, and segregate and manage personal and business usage.
The vendor has partnered with Scholastic Australia for the launch of the product range, which is the sole distributor of the products. Resellers are encouraged to contact Scholastic media and technology manager, Wayne Cooper, for product information and to join the Aspera partner program.